The Middle East on the brink of the Six-Day War—this is the setting for a distinguished author's most brilliant novel to date. It focuses on five dominant figures—Adom Ronen, an Isreali spy in Damascus; Safreddin, the Director of Security for Syria; Jarrah, a terrorist of the Palestine Liberation Organization; Chakry, an international banker in Beirut; and Baratz, the Director of Military Intelligence for Israel.
Fictional these men are, yet they are also the very stuff of life in the Middle East today. As in growing crisis their lives interweave—and those of their women and their male associates—they illuminate with the clearest of light the paradoxies of the human condition that have made a modern Babel of the Holy Land and the Fertile Crescent.
Indeed, this is one of the wonders of the novel that in addition to being a great human drama, it possesses an extraordinary sense of political reality. Mr. West unlocks all the secret doors, takes the reader not only inside the meeting frooms but also into the participants' minds, and leaves him with the conviction that this is the way it really is. As he is thus fascinated, so inevitably he is profoundly moved.
Original title: The Tower of Babel
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction
- In Memoriam: Stanley L. Bartlett—My first editor and my dear friend. A rare and gentle man. Obiit 1996